Originally Posted by HennyPenny
so how can I in good conscience lead or "advise" other's to follow in a way I am unsure of myself?
But I don't think that I (or anyone else who shares my views here) has advocated "advising" anyone else on how to live his or her life.
Just as no one could "advise" me about whether or not I was in love with my dh ... and no one should "advise" someone else to go on the mission field. And on and on.
God calls each of us into different areas of life. It's not for me to "lead" you, or vice-versa -- but rather we should support and encourage one another -- and affirm the piece of Christ that we see in one another.
The problem with the stance many churches/Christians take on homosexuality, is that it allows no room for the affirmation and sharing of life that God is calling us to do. And it causes a portion of the Body of Christ to not be welcomed in by every part of the Body (I'm not talking about being welcome to attend a church service -- I'm talking about being welcome to share in the full life of the Christian community) ...
And what I shared about the girl who hung herself, was to make the additional point that the rejection drives some people away totally.
And, yeah, I realize people opposed to homosexuality will often say they accept the person, but reject the "sin." But, again, to someone struggling to be real and relate honestly with others, this rejection of a core part of them is really a rejection of them.